Thomas v. Bryant

Federal district court: Mississippi State Senate District 22 will be redrawn to properly enfranchise its African-American voters. And that decision, says the Fifth Circuit, will go forward if the state doesn’t get its act together. Editor’s note: Come for a discussion of a crucial “the” in the Voting Rights Act, stay for a history of cotton in the Mississippi Delta. And check out the dissent criticizing the “majority-minority panel.” (The Short Circuit staff takes that to be a voting pun about how the en banc court would come out the other way. Some Twitterati, however, see a lament that judges appointed by Presidents Clinton and Obama got their way on a court with mostly Republican-appointed judges.)

Tags: 2019, Fifth Circuit, Statutory Interpretation, Voting Rights Act

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